Wednesday, July 29, 2009

German dance legend Pina Bausch dies at 68 | Culture & Lifestyle | Deutsche Welle | 30.06.2009

Acclaimed German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch died of cancer at the age of 68 on June 30, 2009, five days after being diagnosed. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes, she is best known as an innovator in the hybrid modern dance genre of "Tanztheater," or dance theater.

She was one of the most influential choreographers of our era. Her company toured internationally on a regular basis, and her work was featured in Pedro Almodovar's film, "Talk to Her". Her work often explored the theme of the relations between men and women. We will miss her.

Read the article from Deutsche Welle . . .

YouTube - Le Sacre Du Printemps by Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theater

This video gives a sample of Pina Bausch's choreography.
YouTube - Le Sacre Du Printemps by Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theater

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Deborah's Favorite Books by Women Authors

As a lover of literature, I decided to take some time off from editing the WomenArts Funding Newsletters and challenge myself to make a list of my 10 favorite books by women authors (it wasn't easy to narrow it down!). What follows is not a comprehensive guide, just a list of my personal favorites - 10 books that have, in some way, changed my life. In order to narrow the list down, I limited myself to books originally written in English, and didn't include collections of poetry - though most of the books on the list experiment with form in some way. All the books explore issues surrounding gender and gender roles.

What are your favorite books by women? Feel free to add your own list.

1. The Passion - Jeanette Winterson
An exploration of passion in the form of a quasi-historical novel. My favorite book ever!
2. Push - Sapphire
A teenage mother's journey from illiteracy to becoming a poet.
3. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
A man from earth visits a planet where the people have no gender.
4. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
Published in 1928, this book is still revolutionary and mind-bending today.
5. Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing, and Moments of Desire - Carole Maso
Essays about being an artist written in the form of poetry.
6. Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories - Angela Carter
Classic fairy tales re-told through a feminist lens (and darker than ever!).
7. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Terrifying science fiction story set in a future that could all too easily become reality.
8. The God of Small Things - Arundahti Roy
A beautifully written exploration of a family's dark secrets.
9. Autobiography of Red - Anne Carson
A classic Greek myth told like a lyric poem and set in modern times.
10. Woman and Nature - Susan Griffin
An analysis and rebuttal of the conflation of women and nature (and man's treatment of them) in Western culture, written in a collage format that incorporates primary sources and creative writing.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

NBC New York SWAN Day Video

NBC News 4 New York covered the SWAN Day 2009 event organized by The League of Professional Theatre Women at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. It was a panel discussion about women as theatre designers moderated by producer Robyn Goodman and featuring Broadway costume designer Carrie Robbins, playwright/performer Lisa Kron, director Leigh Silverman, costume designer Holly Hynes, and Lincoln Center Library curator Barbara Cohen-Stratyner. The event was offered in conjunction with the League's excellent exhibit at the Lincoln Center Library of 100 years of costume, set and lighting designs by women. You can watch the 30 second news clip below.

Celebrating SWAN Day 2009

Here is a picture of me and our Swan celebrating SWAN Day 2009 in New York with cast members from the Broadway hit musical, Avenue Q.